President Barack Obama turns 53 on Monday and he's enjoying it ahead of time with a leisurely weekend.
Obama opened his birthday weekend with a round of golf, before escaping to the Maryland mountains, reports The Associated Press.
"In what's become an annual birthday tradition, he's joining friends on the green for an early morning round at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland. He'll board Marine One later Saturday for the short helicopter flight to Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains."
Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee is trying to gin up interest in the milestone. According to a DNC email, "327,881 people have signed the President's card".
And if you wish to do so click on the following link ofa.bo/j0NE, don't forget sign your name.
US President Barack Obama gets the chair for First Lady Michelle Obama as they attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Obama's official Twitter handle also tweeted: "Sign your name to OFA's birthday card and send a note of thanks to President Obama."
Meanwhile the US President lamented reporters didn't ask what he was going to do for his birthday on Monday.
First lady Michelle Obama, left, jokes with President Barack Obama, during the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP)
Obama said, "I thought you guys were going to ask me how I was going to spend my birthday. What happened to the happy birthday thing?"
Friday at his press conference, Obama was attempting to end the press conference when reporters began yelling out questions.
US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (L) and Sasha borad Air Force One at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. (AFP)
Obama turns 53 on Monday. In what's become an annual birthday tradition, he's joining friends on the green for an early morning round at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland. He'll board Marine One later Saturday for the short helicopter flight to Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains.
US President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office from US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as first lady Michelle Obama holds the bible and their daughters Malia (C) and Sasha (2nd R) look on in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington on January 20, 2013. (AFP)
The White House says presidential pals Mike Ramos, Bobby Titcomb and Greg Orme round out Obama's foursome. All three are longtime friends dating back to Obama's childhood in Hawaii.
U.S. President Barack Obama hugs his wife Michelle (2nd L), as their daughters Malia (2nd R) and Sasha (R) look on, after taking the official oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the White House in Washington, DC January 20, 2013. (REUTERS)
They're teeing off against eight other golfers under gray skies and a cool breeze.